I studied Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. After graduating I spent 5 years travelling and working abroad in places such as Ireland, America, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Once I had decided to teach, I spent some time working in Special Educational Needs before enrolling and completing the Graduate Teacher Programme. Teaching in both a comprehensive and grammar school in tandem was a gruelling introduction to the profession, but one that gave me a solid grounding. After spending three years teaching History in a grammar school I became the Head of History at St. Joseph’s in 2009. Having taken on several pastoral and leadership roles in addition to this, I became the Head of Faculty for English, Humanities and Languages. I run a bi-annual visit to Berlin for GCSE History students and a weekly History Club. I am also a member of the Folk Group at school.
I am passionate about creating a learning environment that is supportive and nurturing, whilst also inspiring students to strive for excellence. Teaching History is a great way to demonstrate to students what can be achieved when people are determined to change the world. My colleagues are equally passionate about delivering their subjects and I am privileged to lead a faculty of teachers who embody the values of those disciplines.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing the tin whistle, piano and singing. I travel to Ireland when I can to see friends and extended family.